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Portland Buckaroo player biographies - Page 4
Arlo "Bones" Goodwin, Center # 22, 1967-1971
Arlo Goodwin, Program cover photo You will not find a lot of information on the Internet about Arlo Goodwin, but the following article originally published in Western Hockey World, October 19, 1962 tells a lot about Arlo Goodwin's importance to the Buckaroos:
It was late summer when Arlo Goodwin got the phone call in the oil filter service company where he works in Portland. He had been promised that details of a Buckaroo transaction would be revealed to him just as soon as they could be "leaked". "Arlo" he was told, "the Bucks have just bought Orv Tessier and Tom McCarthy." Goodwin's end of the phone was silent for a few seconds. Then he spoke. "McCarthy", said Goodwin. "he's a Left-winger. And Bill Saunders, he's a left-winger. And Gordie Fashoway, he's a left winger". Goodwin started to add together the staggering total of goals on the left side of the Bucks' front lines. "Hey" he said, "Where does that leave Arlo Goodwin?". "Heck, Arlo," the informant came back. "Portland's gotta have a checker." "With all those goal scorers," shot back Goodwin." Who needs a checker. They'll just win the games 14 to 12."
Actually, the position with the team of Goodwin, who frets and fusses more than any of the Bucks, was never in real danger. It's true that the 160-pounder is a checker-one of the best in all of hockey. He's as bothersome to play against as any guy in the league because he simply never let's up. It's check-check-check. Swarm-swarm-swarm. And it's equally true that he's not the greatest goal scorer in hockey history. He's his the 20-mark only once. In fact, some one was compiling in training camp a list of active players who had scored 50 goals. The list read something like: "Orv Tessier, 54 1961-62…Tom McCarthy, 53, 1961-62…Lou Jankowski, 57, 1960-61…etc…etc…." Then a wag wrote in: "Arlo Goodwin, 51, 1954-62." Some hockey players are great shots. Some are not. And suffice to say that among Arlo's two nicknames with the Bucks, one is "Puffball." (The other is "Bones" because he's broken so many of 'em in his pro career.)
Yet, frequently, overlooked, is the fact that Goodwin has scored some might big goals for the bucks in the two seasons since hockey returned to Portland. One of 'em beat Seattle in the playoffs two years ago in an overtime thriller. And no one ever can take away from Goodwin the eight goals he scored in the playoffs that season to tie with teammate Art Jones for the league leadership. In the Bucks' Western League opener this season, Goodwin set up one goal by stealing the puck from San Francisco and scored another himself on a 25-footer from straight out in front. Not bad for a "checker". Goodwin, it's been noted in some quarters, sometimes has more courage than sense. In a clash with the rough Spokane Comets last season, it was Goodwin who took off after Con Madigan of Roy McBride's crew. Goodwin spotting perhaps 25 pounds, was no match for Connie. Buy he stayed right in there punching. "Someone", he later told Coach Hal Laycoe," had to show those guys."
Goodwin is a product of the Saskatchewan prairies that produced Art Jones and Arnie Schmautz for the Bucks, to say nothing of Coach Laycoe himself. He turned pro with Laycoe at New Westminster, moved to Victoria and finally to Portland with him. Goodwin and his wife, Marcia, a schoolteacher, make their offseason home in Portland. Arlo is perhaps the best of the many Buckaroo bridge players, constantly tries to improve his game by playing with veteran tournament contenders. He's also one of the toughest Buck golfers, hitting his peak summer before last when playing with touring pro Jim Feree in the pro-am preceding the $30,000 Portland Open, he fired a 77 over the championship Columbia-Edgewater layout. And the course was stretched out that day just as long as it could be stretched. "I guess that would be my best when it counted," said Arlo, although shortly after moving to Portland he fired a 30-37-67 on the easier but legitimate Broadmoor course there. Don't play golf with Goodwin, however, unless you're prepared to run - not walk - around the course. He takes off after each shot like a bird dog after it's quarry.
On a team loaded with goal scorers, Goodwin could be even more valuable to the Buckaroos this season than last. His forechecking and backchecking constantly keep opponents off balance, and he's one of the league's top penalty killers. Furthermore, he'll throw in those odd goals, too, frequently when they're needed the most. Heck, if he could just stay healthy for an entire season, he might even hit the 20 mark again.

Arlo Goodwin
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1955-56 New Westminster Royals WHL 68 10 9 19 41
1956-57 New Westminster Royals WHL 65 20 12 32 37 13 1 2 3 11
1957-58 New Westminster Royals WHL 63 16 26 42 37 4 1 3 4 10
1958-59 New Westminster Royals WHL 61 15 23 38 46
1959-60 Victoria Cougars WHL 61 13 20 33 14 11 2 0 2 5
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 43 5 13 18 16 14 8 5 13 0
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 56 16 14 30 19 7 1 0 1 4
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 55 12 28 40 22 7 2 1 3 0
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 47 6 13 19 14
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 56 3 9 12 12 14 4 3 7 4
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 10 16 26 28 4 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 65 4 8 12 25 12 0 0 0 2
Orval Tessier, Left-Wing # 19/3, 1961-1966 & 1972-73

Orval Tessier, Portland Buckaroos, WHLCenter Orval Tessier played briefly with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in the 50's and 60's. He was better known as a dangerous goal scorer in the minors and, later, as a junior and NHL coach.
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Tessier played junior with the Kitchener Greenshirts and the Barrie Flyers. In 1952 he led the OHA with 62 goals then the next year he notched 20 points in 15 games while helping the Flyers win the Memorial Cup. He played four games for the Habs in 1954-55 but the team was too deep at centre.
The Boston Bruins at the 1955 Intra-League Draft picked up Tessier. He played a few games for them in 1955-56 and 1960-61. In between he was a dominant scorer in the QHL and EPHL. He led the Quebec league in scoring in 1957 and was a two time selection to the first all-star team. Two years later he led all EPHL scorers with 59 goals and 126 points in 70 games with the Kingston Frontenacs. In 1961-62 Tessier won his second EPHL scoring title then enjoyed brief success in WHL and EHL. He retired in 1965 after scoring 60 goals for the Clinton Comets.
Tessier turned to the realm of coaching and later became synonymous with a number of powerful squads. He guided the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup in 1972 and helped the Chicoutimi Sagueneens dominate the QMJHL in the late 70's. He then led the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup finals where they lost to the Cornwall Royals in 1981. The next year he was behind the bench when the team won the national championship behind the brilliance of Brian Bellows and Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis.
Following the Memorial Cup win, Tessier was hired by the Chicago Black Hawks and led the club to a 106 points season in 1982-83. He was presented the Jack Adams Award as the NHL"s top coach but was criticized after claiming the Hawks needed "heart transplants" when they were beaten by the superior Edmonton Oilers in the semifinals. The next year the Hawks dropped 38 points and sported a losing record when he was replaced 53 games into the 1984-85 season. Tessier returned to his roots as coach of the Cornwall Royals in 1986-87.


Orval tessier
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951-52 Kitchener Greenshirts OHA 52 62 25 87 0
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 60 21 18 39 13
1954-55 Montreal Royals QHL 60 36 30 66 8
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Quebec Aces QHL 28 5 10 15 4
1955-56 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 1 1 0
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 23 2 3 5 6
1956-57 Quebec Aces QHL 68 43 38 81 24
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 12 5 3 8 2
1958-59 Trois Rivieres Lions QHL 62 27 39 66 4
1959-60 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 70 59 67 126 10
1960-61 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 34 22 21 43 6 5 4 2 6 0
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 32 3 4 7 0
1961-62 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 66 54 60 114 12 11 5 9 14 0
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 36 15 21 36 9 7 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 14 34 48 4 5 1 2 3 0
1964-65 Clinton Comets EHL 66 60 58 118 0
NHL Totals 59 5 7 12 6

Rich (Dick) Van Impe, Left-wing # 23/25, 1963-1973

Rich Van Impe Buckaroo photoLeft Wing Dick Van Impe was part of the Portland Buckaroos for ten years. Dick initially came to Portland from Cleveland of the American Hockey League in 1963 and played 36 games for the Bucks, scoring 13 goals and assisting on 10 others. The Buckaroos had hoped to keep Dick for the following season as well, however they could not work out the financial details with Cleveland. So, it wasn't until Nov. 9th, 1964 that the Buckaroos were able to purchase Van Impe outright from Cleveland. One of the primary reasons Portland acquired Van Impe was due to the fact that he could play center as well as wing. Hal Laycoe was well aware of this since he had utilized Rich as a center in 1958 with New Westminster. Rich played well for the Bucks in 1964-65 and tallied 16 goals and 31 assists while helping the team win the Lester Patrick Cup. The next year looked promising again as he got off to a good start, however on 11/30/1965 he had a hard collision with Jack Bionda during a game in Rochester which resulted in torn shoulder ligaments and a partially dislocation. His season was over after only 24 games. During the 1966-67 season Rich suffered another injury and was limited to 51 games but still managed 9 goals and 33 assists. However, he was finally able to get over the injury jinx and his point production showed it as he played almost all of the team games from 1968 through 1973 while averaging 51 points per season.
When Laycoe was asked about Van Impe during an interview, he labeled Rich as one of the best two-way wingers in the business, a tough checker and a digger in the corners. He also said that Van Impe's checking style forced scoring opportunities and saved goals and that Rich had a history of playing on good lines. Records agree. In Rochester, 1959-60, he teamed with Pat Hannigan and Rudy Migay to score over 100 goals. Van Impe got 25 goals, his best scoring season. With Cleveland in 1961-62 John Ferguson and Hank Ceisla were his linemates. The next year Fred hilts replaced Ferguson and bagged 29 goals. Rich got 18 and Ciesla led the league with 40. Then starting in 1963-64 Rich found himself playing beside Art Jones and Cliff Schmautz and it was a happy union and they seemed to develop a rapport, a second sense, which enabled them to make plays as a matter of course.
In an article in the Oregonian dated 12/20/1966 Van Impe proved what a team player he was, by saying "I'm a two-pointer" and then "If we win and I get a goal or an assist that's great. But first we win. Actually I don't worry much about goals. It depends on the coach. When you play for a man that wants two points, all you have to do is your job. That's why there is a place in hockey for guys like me."
Despite the numerous injuries during his career, Dick still managed to score 260 goals and assist on another 444 goals while playing in the WHL, AHL and EPHL. In addition, he was able to play on two Lester Patrick Cup winning teams in Portland in 1965 and 1971.

Dick Van Impe
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1956-57 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 55 16 14 30 39
1957-58 New Westminster Royals WHL 68 17 22 39 100 4 2 2 4 10
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1958-59 New Westminster Royals WHL 48 12 12 24 35
1959-60 Rochester Americans AHL 59 25 24 49 51 12 0 3 3 6
1960-61 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 8 1 4 5 2
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 60 21 35 56 60
1961-62 Cleveland Barons AHL 63 10 41 51 40 6 0 1 1 12
1962-63 Cleveland Barons AHL 60 18 35 53 65 7 3 5 8 0
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 36 13 10 23 4 5 3 0 3 2
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 56 16 31 47 26 7 1 5 6 10
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 24 5 11 16 12 14 3 5 8 10
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 51 9 33 42 20 4 1 0 1 2
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 18 31 49 34 12 3 2 5 10
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 62 18 22 40 38 11 2 3 5 0
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 19 41 60 32 11 3 3 6 10
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 63 15 30 45 66 8 2 3 5 4
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 20 37 57 66 11 1 4 5 6
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 37 7 11 18 12
Bob Vroman, Goaltender # 29, 1973-1974

Bob Vroman Buckaroo photoGoaltender Bob Vroman born in Bloomington, Minnesota played for the University of Wisconsin Badgers from 1967-1970. During his career at Wisconsin he established himself as a Badger legend and is ranked in the top ten all time goaltenders in Badger history in the following categories: Lowest GAA in a career, 3.05 (54 Games); Win Percentage career .675 (38-18-1); Win percentage season .750 (13-4-1); Shutouts in a career 6.
After a stellar career with the Badgers Bob turned pro with the Johnston Jets of the ECHL in 1970 and remained with them until late in 1972 when he was acquired by the Springfield Kings. In 1971-72 while with the Jets Bob had posted a record of 3 shutouts and a 3.38 GAA in 67 games. In 1972-73 he moved on to the Springfield Kings of the AHL where he played another 30 games.
Finally, in 1973-74 Bob got the big promotion he was hoping for as he was called up to the Portland Buckaroos to help them make one last run at a championship. Bob would play in 11 games during the regular season and compile a record of 2 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie with a GAA of 4.35. However, it was during the WHL Play-Offs that Bob once again established himself as a clutch goaltender. In this final season of the WHL Bob lead the Buckaroos to the brink of a championship by posting a 3 win, 1 loss record, with a league leading GAA of 2.23.
Unfortunately, Bob would not get another chance to prove himself with the Buckaroos, due to the demise of the WHL in the summer of 1974. Bob however enjoyed his time in Portland so much, that he like many other Buckaroo Players, made it his home. Bob still lives in Portland, Oregon where he is works for the County as an Assessor.

Bob Vroman
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967-68 University Of Wisconsin WCHA 25 16 14 30 39
1968-69 University Of Wisconsin WCHA 16 17 22 39 100 4 2 2 4 10
1969-70 University Of Wisconsin WCHA 13 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Johnston Jets EHL 40 12 12 24 35
1971-72 Johnston Jets EHL 67 25 24 49 51 12 0 3 3 6
1971-72 Springfield Kings AHL 7 1 4 5 2
1972-73 Springfield Kings AHL 30 21 35 56 60
1972-73 Albuquerque Six guns CHL 7 21 35 56 60
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 11 21 35 56 60

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